“What are my options to sell my property right now?” – During Shelter in Place


I’m getting this question a lot these days. The answer is simple. Right now and until the Shelter in Place is lifted, you have one option: 1. Sell it virtually. See my post on that, including important details and updates specific to San Francisco County. It’s not easy, and it’s not ideal for you, the … Continue reading “What are my options to sell my property right now?” – During Shelter in Place

San Francisco Market Report


Britain’s June vote to exit the EU has already had an impact on the market in the US, including here in San Francisco. Mortgage rates have dropped almost a quarter of a percent, making the monthly payments on our pricey housing slightly more affordable. The result is that it will support continuing increases in sales … Continue reading San Francisco Market Report

Ask Us: Type Of License Needed To Be A Property Manager In California?


Where readers ask, and we (the community) try to answer: To folks reading this blog: In California, do you need a real estate broker’s license in order to be property manager? Or just a real estate agent’s license? Or no license needed? Thanks. David David, As far as we know, and you’ll want to consult … Continue reading Ask Us: Type Of License Needed To Be A Property Manager In California?

Can I Get Some Comps To Support My Fight To Lower My Assessed Value (& Property Taxes)


The pennies keep piling up for reader requests to us for help on reducing property taxes and providing comps to support such claims, so we’ll go ahead and print a couple of the latest and the new boiler plate reply we’ll be sending along: Hi – I was wondering you could point me in the … Continue reading Can I Get Some Comps To Support My Fight To Lower My Assessed Value (& Property Taxes)

Ask Us: Does Blogging Work For Real Estate?


Where readers ask, and we try to answer: Hello Alex, I came across theFrontSteps today while researching local real estate blogs. My mother is an agent in NJ and she came to me about advice on creating a blog and testing other social media channels to help her business. I figured I’d research what others … Continue reading Ask Us: Does Blogging Work For Real Estate?

Ask Us: St. Regis Wealth, The Question From Left Field…or Maybe Afghanistan


In this little “Ask Us” segment we typically field the standard, “I’m buying a house, I need your help” type question, but this one that came across our email recently is quite extraordinary, if not bordering on spam, but somehow, we think it’s legit: Good afternoon, I know you are probably busy but it would … Continue reading Ask Us: St. Regis Wealth, The Question From Left Field…or Maybe Afghanistan

Ask Us: Income Property, Foreclosures, Short Sales, Rent Control & Impatient Realtors All In One!


Where readers ask, and we (the community) try to answer: Dear tFS, I have been following your newsletters for awhile, now that my husband and I are considering investing in an income property, we are coming to you for advice. A friend of ours has referred an real estate agent and we have worked with … Continue reading Ask Us: Income Property, Foreclosures, Short Sales, Rent Control & Impatient Realtors All In One!

Ask Us: Do Lenders REALLY Need All That PRIVATE Information?


Where readers ask, and we (the community) try to answer (in the comments below, so don’t be shy): “For the past 12 months, all our attempts to refi to lower the rate to 5.25 or better have fallen short. Many times, it starts great – then stops short when reaching the line that says I … Continue reading Ask Us: Do Lenders REALLY Need All That PRIVATE Information?

Ask Us: 815 Alvarado Just Doesn’t Jibe


Have a look at the front of 815 Alvarado (4 bed, 3.5 bath, 3 car parking, “Single Family Residence” asking $2,965,000) : Now have a look at our reader’s question: So whats the story on 815 Alvarado, SF…..listed as a House…but really has a Legal Inlaw, and only 2 bedrooms upstairs. One can be divided….but … Continue reading Ask Us: 815 Alvarado Just Doesn’t Jibe

Factoring Weather When Buying A Home In San Francisco Is Anything But Simple


We get these kind of inquiries all the time, and it’s certainly something up for debate, as we all have our own comfort levels as to what is considered warm or “nice”. Heck, Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction lives in Sunny warm L.A., but by following his Twitter feed, you’d think he’s better suited for … Continue reading Factoring Weather When Buying A Home In San Francisco Is Anything But Simple

Ask Us: What’s The Real Estate Forecast For Bernal Heights


Where readers ask, and we (the community) try to answer. We pulled this from Lily on Why the Fuss About Noe Valley. The question is pretty simple, the answer, however, is very complex: What’s the real estate forecast for Bernal [Heights]? The Fluj has already taken the bait and provided some answers on the thread, … Continue reading Ask Us: What’s The Real Estate Forecast For Bernal Heights

Ask Us: Why The Fuss About Noe Valley?


Where readers ask, and we (the community) try to answer: The Front Steps really concentrates on Noe. I live in Noe and understand the attraction and the desirability of neighborhood but I’m not exactly sure why it is the barometer for everywhere else. Can you shed any light on this? Good question. It’s not that … Continue reading Ask Us: Why The Fuss About Noe Valley?

Ask Us: Why The Obsession With Price Per Square Foot?


Where readers ask, and we (the community) try to answer: Yes – people are obsessed with cost per square foot – why or why shouldn’t we concern ourselves with that statistic? Thanks! Thanks for the email. Price per square foot in San Francisco and around the country, hell the world for that matter, is an … Continue reading Ask Us: Why The Obsession With Price Per Square Foot?

Ask Us: Why Walk From Your House But Not Your Car


Where readers ask, and we (the community) try to answer. This is a good one, and a great thought. Thanks for the email MM: So I have a question that I’d love your take (and maybe your reader’s take) on: Why do people walk away from a house that’s underwater when no one walks away … Continue reading Ask Us: Why Walk From Your House But Not Your Car

Ask Us: Homeowners Insurance By Cost Per Square Foot


Where readers ask, and we (the community) try to answer: Greetings everyone: I was wondering does anyone out there have a good way to determine how much dwelling coverage one needs in the homeowners insurance in the city of San Francisco because I noticed when I get a quote from insurance companies, the dwelling coverage … Continue reading Ask Us: Homeowners Insurance By Cost Per Square Foot